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An architect’s rendering shows how the proposed education center will fit into the existing campus at St. Mary Parish in Spring Lake.

Spring Lake parish plans to replace school with larger, new education center

SPRING LAKE — St. Mary Parish plans to fix two problems with one solution.
By constructing a new 22,000-square-foot education center, the parish will solve the issue of an out-of-date 15,000-square-foot school built in 1954 and give the pre-school, after-school, faith formation and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults programs a new home. Those programs meet now in the church.
Now all the parish has to do is raise the estimated $5 million.
In just one month it has made a new start.
Since beginning a pledge drive a month ago, the parish already has raised $1,876,280 from 43 percent of the congregation. The pledges are expected to be paid off over the next three years.
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By George Jaksa
Special to The Catholic Times

BURTON — The word “God” will appear in the inscription on a monument to be placed at a local military cemetery, thanks to the persistence of a local Knights of Columbus officer.
Neal Roche, faithful navigator of Msgr. Dunigan Assembly 0510, insisted “God” be included in the inscription on the two-foot-tall monument the assembly will unveil Nov. 10 at a 1:30 p.m. public ceremony at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in northern Oakland County.
When Assembly 0510, a fourth-degree K. of C. unit in Burton, submitted its proposed inscription on April 20, it read: “To those who have served, may they find peace with God. And to those who are serving or will serve, may God go with them.”
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At noon each Wednesday this summer, a group of teens has gathered in a classroom at Nouvel Catholic Central High School for “Faith and Pizza,” a time for food, talk and reflection with Principal John Hoving. Mark Haney/Catholic Weekly


Students gather weekly at Saginaw high school for something more than a break

By Mark Haney
The Catholic Weekly

SAGINAW — Thirteen young people quietly sit at desks, writing, at noon on a Wednesday in July at Nouvel Catholic Central High School.
This is not punishment. This is not mandatory summer school. This is not some pre-college-test class either.
This, believe it or not, is “Faith and Pizza,” and it is completely optional.
It is the brainchild of principal John Hoving and stems out of his earlier life as a youth minister at St. Brigid Parish in Midland.
He carried some of that experience along with him to the principal’s job at Bay City All Saints High School, where there was a regular all-school prayer session that included a reading from the Bible, after which he would give the students a three- to five-minute reflection on it.
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ANN ARBOR — They follow in the 13th-century footsteps of St. Dominic, while very much engaging the modern world. They teach in schools all over the United States. They have been the featured guests on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” more than once and seen on Fox News and CNN discussing various aspects of the Catholic faith and their vocation to live a religious life. Most recently, they made it to the finals of the Game Show Network’s highly rated “The American Bible Challenge.”
Now the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, have released their first album with Decca Record Label and De Montfort Music. This debut release of sacred music recorded live from their chapel in Ann Arbor reflects their Dominican spirituality that they share so freely with the popular culture.
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After three cancers, brain surgery, woman pens book on survival, Divine Mercy

By Mark Haney
The Catholic Times

HOWELL — The way Susan (Steen) Ciolek sees it, she’s alive thanks to the Divine Mercy chaplet.
After all, she’s been praying the chaplet regularly for the past five years, during which she‘s been cured of three different cancers and undergone successful surgery to remove non-cancerous tumors from her brain.
But she credits her survival to a little family history too, which is why she wrote “The Imprinted Survivor,” which tells not only her story but also about family members from which she believes came the strength to overcome these tests and challenges.
“I didn’t want to write a book just about cancer,” said Ciolek, 59. “It seems like a lot of the books out there now are by people who are writers and then they get cancer. And they journal it all, all the woes about it. I didn’t want that. I wanted something true but I wanted something faith-filled and to show there is hope there. So I took my experience and my journey and I incorporated other experiences members of my family and ancestors had come in contact with and their journeys to survival.
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Midland native to celebrate 50 years as a Bernardine sister at Sunday Mass
By Mark Haney
The Catholic Weekly

MIDLAND — The Maria Bartos who returns to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish this weekend is not the same Cecelia Bartos that left Midland some 50 years ago.
This one is a world traveler.
The one that left had none of that in mind.
When she left Midland back in 1959, Cecelia only wanted to serve as a nun. She became Sr. Maria Bartos, a Bernardine sister. And so much more.
Religious life, she said, “has been even more than I thought it would be. When I entered, I would do what I basically had to do — I became a nun and taught —but I never realized I would see the world when I entered the convent. I expected to stay in one place and just serve God in a very simple way.”
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Pittsburgh, Pa.-area teens (from left) Rachel Roos, Olivia Erickson, Andrew Redick and Katie Roos relax before dinner.

Nearly 300 converge on Davison parish for a week of service work, prayer, fellowship

By Mark Haney
The Catholic Times

DAVISON — For the week of July 21-27, the family center at St. John the Evangelist Parish was Little Pittsburgh.
The building was the nerve center for the annual Catholic Heart Work Camp the parish hosts each year, but this year nearly half of the 288 campers were from the Pittsburgh, Pa., area. One group of parishes sent 65 people while even more came from the nearby Butler, Pa., group of parishes.
A large number of campers also came from the Chicago area.
All of them, it seems, decided early to make the Davison work camp their summer service.
“We were full in October,” said organizer Elaine Ouellette, which means parishes had to commit to a certain number of campers and send in a deposit nearly 10 months before the camp. “The fact that we were full early is proof that word is getting out to youth groups that this is a great place to come.”
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Ray Guarendi, psychologist and host of Ave Maria Radio’s “The Doctor Is In,” stressed discipline in parenting during a recent talk given to a gathering of men at St. Hyacinth Parish in Bay City. Mark Haney/Catholic Weekly


Psychologist tells men they need to be tougher parents to their kids

By Mark Haney
The Catholic Weekly

BAY CITY — Ray Guarendi knows — either discipline your children or someone else will.
Like a judge.
It is all about discipline, the psychologist and Catholic radio talk show host told a gathering of men at St. Hyacinth Parish. Love doesn’t have to be part of the equation either.
“Discipline without love may be harsh,” he said, but love without discipline is child abuse.”
And if parents don’t discipline their children, someone else will, he said, “a judge, an Army sergeant, a police office, an employer — I shudder at this next one — a wife.”
And other people aren’t going to care about their circumstances either.
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By Heather Schultz
The Catholic Times

PINCKNEY — Pat Hohl’s sister didn’t even ask him for a Christmas gift last year.
He’d already given her something she could never replace.
When Elizabeth Hohl learned in 2011 she would need to either go on dialysis or have a kidney transplant in the near future, Pat immediately offered her one of his own. That transplant took place in December.
“We’re supposed to love one another as Christ loved us — plain and simple,” said Pat, the Hamburg Township supervisor and a long-time member of St. Mary Parish in Pinckney. “I was able to help someone in need and that (gives me) a sense that I’ve been able to do something significant with my life/ Anyone would do the same if they could.”
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Mount Morris teacher retires after a lifetime spent at parish

By Dan McAvoy
The Catholic Times

MOUNT MORRIS — Cherryl Slattery has put her chalk and eraser away for the last time.
After 31 years as a teacher, she has retired from St. Mary School.
“I love my job and will miss teaching very much,” said Slattery, who taught second grade at St. Mary. “At the same time, I look forward to spending more time with my family and having a little bit more relaxed pace to my life.”
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